Marijuana: Suspensions and bans for athletes using pot should change, activist says
When it comes to pot use, however, a number of major sports organizations are amending their policies related to positive tests -- and Marijuana Policy Project spokesman and Amendment 64 proponent Mason Tvert believes the NFL and other leagues would be well-advised to do the same.
"As more and more agencies and officials begin to recognize that marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol, they are reconsidering how they treat athletes who use marijuana off the field," Tvert says.
"Obviously, we don't see professional athletes being punished simply for having a beer or a glass of wine on a weekend during the off-season," he continues. "So there's absolutely no reason they should be punished for using a less harmful substance."
This isn't a new issue for Tvert. In 2007, when the Miami Dolphins' Ricky Williams applied for reinstatement to the NFL after a marijuana-related suspension, the activist and founder of SAFER (Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation) helped coordinate the placement of a billboard near Mile High Stadium encouraging the running back to sign with Denver.
Here's a look at the billboard....
...and here's a photo of Tvert at a press event timed to the placard's unveiling:
Then, this past March, after boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. was suspended from competition for nine months and fined $900,000 after a positive marijuana test, the MPP put up another billboard, this time in Las Vegas, decrying the punishment and arguing that such policies encourage abuse of alcohol.
Continue for more about athletes and marijuana, including a look at the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. billboard.